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LEARN ABOUT THE LSAT

The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is unlike any test you’ve ever taken in your academic career. The LSAT is a skills-based exam designed to test the critical reading and analytical thinking skills that are crucial for success in law school. Before you begin your LSAT prep, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the ins and outs of the exam so you can be prepared for what is on the test.

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LSAT STUDY PLAN: 30 DAYS

In order to study for the LSAT in a month and see a significant score improvement, you will need to use your time very efficiently. Maybe you registered for the test one month ago and got caught up in work, school, family, or other fun. Or maybe you just made the decision to apply to law school and are signing up for the test now. Regardless, if you’re going to take the LSAT in a few short weeks, you’ve got some work to do.

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SECTIONS OF THE LSAT

Logic Games

This is the section many preppers are most intimidated by at first, and often find most challenging. But once you learn how to apply formal logic, the analytical reasoning section can be quite fun.

Logical Reasoning

Two Logical Reasoning sections, worth 50% of your total score, test your ability to analyze and evaluate arguments. Logical Reasoning requires you to read short passages and answer a question about each one.

Reading Comprehension

On the LSAT, you’ll see four passages, each with a set of 5–8 questions. One of the passages will be “paired passages” with questions asking you to compare and contrast the passages.

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LEARN ABOUT THE LSAT-FLEX

how has the lsat been affected by COVID-19?

Due to concerns surrounding COVID-19, the LSAC has decided to cancel all in-person LSAT testing through August 2020.

An online, LSAT-Flex will be offered during the weeks of July 11 and August 29 for candidates previously registered for the July or August LSATs, respectively. LSAT-Flex was offered to candidates registered for the in-person April and June LSAT in May and June.

If you were registered for the July or August LSATs, you will be automatically registered for the corresponding LSAT-Flex testing week unless you choose another option. If you’re not interested in taking the LSAT-Flex during your designated rescheduled testing week, fill out an online form to receive a coupon for any future test between July 2020 and April 2021. Read more about the LSAT-Flex below.

how will cancellations or postponements affect admissions?

Over recent weeks, more and more law schools have continued to issue global extensions. The safest way to be sure you’re staying on top of updates to admissions cycles is to contact the schools in which you’re applying. Additionally, LSAC is working to ensure that any candidates who take the July and August LSAT-Flex will receive their scores within approximately two weeks of testing. Read more from LSAC.

What will LSAT-Flex be like?

LSAT-Flex will be made up of genuine LSAT test questions. The format will be identical to that of the Free LSAT Prep practice tests found on LSAC’s LawHub, but LSAT-Flex will be composed of three 35-minute scored sections instead of the traditional four scored sections and one unscored section—seemingly a big advantage for test-takers for whom endurance is a challenge.. LSAT Writing will continue to be administered separately.

LSAT-Flex will be available on any laptop or desktop computer with a Windows or Mac operating system. You’ll be monitored by a live proctor through webcam and microphone while you test. Learn more.

Will accommodations be available on LSAT-Flex?

Yes. All test-takers who received accommodations approval for the traditional LSAT will receive the same or equivalent accommodations on LSAT-Flex.

Will the one Logical Reasoning section count double?

The short answer is, no.

There will simply be one scored section of Logical Reasoning, instead of two. LSAC has assured test-takers that the LR section will operate typically in terms of length and level of difficulty.

Will Reading Comprehension & Logic Games now count more?

Mathematically speaking, yes.

As most LSAT preppers know, Logical Reasoning usually counts for 50% of your total score, with Reading Comprehension and Logic Games clocking in at 27% and 23%, respectively. Under this new schematic, the balance of power shifts quite dramatically. We can assume LG will have 23 questions, LR likely 25 (or 26), and RC 27. With that configuration, that means Reading Comprehension now counts most – representing 36% of your scaled score. Logical Reasoning and Logic Games will now account for 33% and 31% of your scaled score, respectfully. That should result in a shift in your preparation priority.

What will the LSAT-FLEX scoring scale be?

While this has not been released by LSAC, we took our best shot. To quote our outstanding statisticians on the methodology: 

We took an average of the minimum number of correct answers needed for a certain score in the last 3 years, and then multiplied that by 75/100.78 … i.e., [75 expected Qs on LSAT Flex (23 LG + 27 RC + 25 LR) / 100.78 (the average # of Qs per PrepTest the last 3 years)]. Then, we rounded those figures to their nearest integer and started assigning numbers from 180 down. If a number was already used, then that scaled score was unscorable.

While this cannot be used to perfectly calculate your score yet—as the official scale has not been released—by adding up the number of correct answers of your Logic Games, Reading Comprehension and average Logical Reasoning performance on a given PrepTest, you should expect a score similar to what you’ll see in the table we’ve put together.

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